We have all been there!
Work gets busy, the kids take up too much of our time, and when we do have a few hours spare there is the housework and all those odd jobs to do!
Any free time is usually spent with our partners, family or besties. Or just vegging out on the sofa watching Netflix, because we are too tired to do anything else.
But do not you miss your old friends?
You know, the ones you grew up with at school. Or used to go clubbing with in your 20s. Even the people you used to have a laugh with at your old office — all are now sadly becoming somebody you used to know.
Sucks, does is not?
But you know it does not have to be that way. Previously, we discussed the importance of taking to family and friends.
Today, let us look at some great ways to catch up with old friends!
Eight ways you can catch up with old friends
There are plenty of ways we can strengthen our bonds with friends and family — all it takes is a bit of organization, forward planning, and effort.
Here are eight ways you can catch up with your old friends:
1. Go food shopping together
We all have to do grocery shopping on a weekly basis right? Well, if you do not buy your food online why not arrange to meet your friends at the local supermarket and do it together?
This way you are still having a catch up whilst buying your essentials for the week!
2. Exercise together
Similarly, if you like to keep fit by going for a walk, running or doing yoga then why not ask a couple of your friends to join you?
Not only will it give you an extra reason to stick to your exercise routine, but it will also provide you with an extra window of opportunity in which to keep in touch with your friends.
Depending on where you both, or all live, you can even take it in turns to vary the route of where you do these activities, to give you extra visual stimulus as well.
3. Take a class together
Always wanted to take a class like cooking, rock climbing or scrapbooking?
Then why not ask an old friend to come along and help you?
This is a terrific way to learn a new skill, whilst also keeping in regular touch with someone who has a similar interest.
4. Get on social media
If you cannot seem to find the time to physically meet up with your old friends, then be sure to keep in touch with them via social media.
Whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Tik Tok, it is a very good idea to connect with them.
That way you can keep in touch with them on a regular basis by leaving a comment, or having a private message conversation with them.
You can even create a group chat where the conversation can flow on an even more regular basis as more of your friends would be involved in it.
5. Do a regular Zoom call
Just because you cannot meet physically doesn’t mean you cannot meet virtually!
A great way to keep in touch with people is to have a regular zoom call with them, wherever they are in the world.
This is a terrific option for friends who live far away, or even in completely different countries from you. Again, it is also a good way to maintain contact with multiple people at once if you all share the same group of friends.
6. Invite them to kids activities
How many times have your friends asked you to do something, but you have not been able to because of your child’s extracurricular activities?
Whether it be swimming, ballet, band practice or self-defense classes, there always seems to be something on does there not?
You will be surprised how many of your friends might turn up for a coffee and a chat if you invite them to come along and join you, even if they are a childless person themselves.
7. Invite them to eat
Nothing brings people together like food, so if it has been a while since you have seen some of your old friends why not arrange for a breakfast, lunch or dinner with them?
You can pick a central venue where it would be easy for you both, or you all, to get too. If you fancy being a good dinner host instead, you can always invite them to your house for a delicious home cooked meal.
You could even form a dinner club with them and draw up a rota where you go to each other’s home to eat, or a restaurant of their choice, every month or so.
8. Organize a kids play date
If you both have kids, a good thing to do is arrange to meet with your friends at a park, the beach or swimming pool.
Usually the kids will play together, either in a playground, in the water or on the grass, leaving you adults free to catch up.
Even if your friends are childless, they might well be open to joining you for a catch up!
So, there you have it! Eight great ways you can catch up with old friends.
At the end of the day, lack of time and distance need not be a factor when it comes to staying in touch with people who used to play a big part in your daily life.
Like I said before, all it takes is a bit of organization, forward planning, and effort.